The Greater Washington Region Clean Cities Coalition, in collaboration with the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments and the National Association of Regional Councils, is participating in a regional procurement initiative designed to consolidate bulk orders of alternative fuel vehicles and infrastructure to make their purchase more affordable. Known as “F4F” for Fleets for the Future, the goal of the program is to reduce the incremental costs of propane, electric, and natural gas powered vehicles and refueling and charging infrastructure. Local ...Continue Reading →
More than 27 gigawatts (GW) of electricity generating capacity was added to the U.S. power grid during 2016, the largest amount of added capacity since 2012. These additions more than offset the retirement of roughly 12 GW of capacity, resulting in a net capacity gain of nearly 15 GW, the largest change since 2011. These net additions follow a 4 GW net capacity decrease in 2015—the largest net drop in capacity recorded in the United States.
The mix of capacity additions ...Continue Reading →
Virginia Green Announces 2016 Green Travel Star & Green Travel Leader Award Winners!
Awards were presented on February 17th at the 4th annual Virginia Green Travel Conference held at the UVA Darden School Conference Center
RICHMOND, VA. — The Virginia Green presented the Virginia Green Travel Star Award to nineteen (19) Virginia tourism businesses for their outstanding commitments to green tourism practices at the 4th annual Virginia Green Travel Conference and Travel Star Awards Celebration. Twenty-two (22) additional tourism ...Continue Reading →
Electric vehicles serve the public good — they reduce local air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. But these social benefits are not reflected in the price of the vehicles, which remain, at this stage of market development, somewhat more expensive than comparable internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles.
That is why EVs are the target of a range of supportive public policies, from a $7,500 federal tax credit to various state-level incentives, including tax credits and exemptions, access to special highway lanes, ...Continue Reading →
BMW of North America has announced details on the expansion of the ChargeNow by EVgo programs, including ChargeNow DC Fast, to more than 50 metro areas in the U.S., encompassing the entire EVgo public charging network, the largest public DC Fast charging network in the nation.
With this expansion, more than 92% of BMW i3, BMW i8 and BMW iPerformance (BMW X5 xDrive40e, BMW 740e xDrive, BMW 530e and the BMW 330e) drivers in the U.S. will be able to take ...Continue Reading →
In December 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced that it would be awarding $15 million to organizations in an effort to accelerate the adoption of advanced and alternative fuel vehicles. Blue Bird Corp., a bus manufacturer located in Fort Valley, Ga., was presented the largest amount at $4.4 million in order to develop a zero-emission, 100% V2G electric school bus.
“As the leader in alternative fuel bus solutions, the addition of an electric school bus rounds out our portfolio,” ...Continue Reading →
With recent major announcements of new clean diesel engine options in the U.S. sedan, SUV and pickup truck markets, the Washington Auto Show will give policymakers and consumers an opportunity to see how diesel technology fits in the future plans of automakers and consumers.
“Last year was a record-setting year for light truck and SUV sales in the U.S., and the recent announcements by Ford of a diesel engine option in its 2018 F-150 and General Motors for a diesel engine ...Continue Reading →
Ford Motor Co. is launching a major project designed to help improve air quality as the automaker accelerates its electrification plans with 13 new global electrified vehicles (EVs) scheduled for introduction in the next five years.
The project, supported by Transport for London, features a 12-month trial of 20 new plug-in hybrid (PHEV) Transit Custom vans that reduce local emissions by running solely on electric power for the majority of city trips, such as deliveries or maintenance work.
Commercial vehicles in London ...Continue Reading →
Setting Your Alt Fuel Goals for the New Year
With the changing of the calendar comes a blank slate for companies to fine-tune their alt fuel transportation goals. One such energy source underutilized in the transportation industry is propane. It’s an energy source that is readily available to fuel vehicles now.
For instance, across America, transit agencies and school districts are two markets making the move to clean-burning, emissions-reducing vehicles fueled by propane autogas. Nearly 850 shuttles equipped with ROUSH CleanTech propane ...Continue Reading →
Recent data from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) shows that gasoline consumed in 25 states and the District of Columbia contained more than 10.0 percent ethanol on average in 2015, demonstrating that the so-called “E10 Blend Wall” continues to crumble. The national average ethanol blend rate was 9.91 percent according to the DOE data. According to the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), the data completely undermine legislation proposed by Reps. Bill Flores (R-Texas) and Peter Welch (D-Vt.) that suggests the ...Continue Reading →